Demolition Win First Game; Flooding the River Drivers 7-5
DAYTON, OHIO - In a physical battle throughout a Saturday Night intended for fighting, the Demolition come away with their first win on a 7-5 triumph over the Berlin River Drivers.
Dayton, coming off a tough 4-3 shootout loss to the Port Huron Prowlers, wasted little time lighting the lamp. Rob Morton connected on his first goal as a Demolition member, bouncing a loose puck off the pads of Bradley Barone. While Barone made the initial stop, the puck continue to roll backwards just thirty-seven seconds into the match. Michael Dolman, last year's FHL Rookie of the Year, dished out his first assist in the Gem City.
Berlin would tie things up at 5:31 on a turnover in the neutral zone, with Brandon Contratto doing the work himself for an unassisted score. Contratto's first goal of the year would also represent the first short-handed goal of the year against the Demolition.
Tom Tracy (DAY) shown what he could do next, lighting the lamp twice at the 7:11 and 15:57 marks. Tracy's first goal was a Power Play offering, working the Berlin goalie to the far side of the ice from Michael Lipari and Cody Milligan passes. Brett Wall and Cody Milligan helped on Tom Tracy's second goal, to help put the home team up 3-1. For the last hurrah of the first period, Junior Harris slices a shot over Louie George at the 17:12 mark, with some help from Cameron Yarwood and Tyler Prendergast. Dayton led 3-2 after one.
Things would slow down, but only from a scoring standpoint. Throughout the match, we saw both teams rise to the occasion on standing their ice. The match ended up with 90 minutes of infractions on 26 penalties, many of those minutes for fighting.
In the second period, both teams exchange a goal with Dayton's Harry Mahesh striking at 15:43, and Berlin's Cody Dion at 18:50. Dayton led 4-3 after 40 minutes.
The third period resulted in five goals, similar to the first twenty minutes. Berlin answered with Shane Cavaleri's first of the year from Stathis Soumelidis and Steven Gallo at the 4:48 mark. Dayton kept up the pressure on the River Drivers, with a Michael Dolman goal at 8:13 (Morton and Tristan Lysko assists) before Berlin once again squared things away on Junior Harris's second offering on the night. Prendergast and Nicholas Wright help tie things again at 5-5, with 8:46 gone from the third.
Dayton wasn't finished, as Mike Henderson scores on a Power Play opportunity, with some help from Martin Uhnak and Rich Ledy at 15:04. Local Daytonian Brett Wall iced the game away at 19:52 with Rob Morton and Tristan Lysko's assists, closing the deal for the Wrecking Crew at 7-5.
With the win, Dayton improves to 1-0-1 on Opening Weekend, scoring 10 goals on the two nights and nearly 100 shots. Berlin fell to 0-2 on their second road game in the Midwest, with one more road game awaiting the River Drivers in Port Huron. A total of 1,039 people made it to Hara Arena for the first victory.
Robert Morton was the third game of the game with his one goal, two assists, and eight shots; Tom Tracy awarded the second star with his two goals and 10 shots, and Mike Henderson with the Game-Winner was the top star on the night. Louie George took the win with24 saves on 29 shots; Bradley Barone with 41 saves on 48 shots in the loss.
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